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ROBOCOP's Greatest Reporter, Mario Machado, Has Died at 78 [News]



Robocop's greatest reporter, Mario Machado, has died at 78. According to The LA Times obituary he had Parkinson’s disease and died from complications of pneumonia.

In real-life, Mario Machado (whose real name was Mario Jose de Souza Machado) was an eight-time Emmy Award-winning television and radio broadcaster.

In 1970, he made televison history by becaming the first Chinese-American on-air television news reporter and anchor in the nation.

Machado played a generic reporter in several films like Rocky III (1982), Scarface (1983), and St. Elmo's Fire (1985).

But, to sci-fi fans, his greatest work was as Casey Wong in the three Robocop films. His dry delivery and soft smile perfectly compemented the horrific news reports he delivered for the Channel 9 show Mediabreak.


Robocop (1987) Deleted Scene: Final Media Break




Happy Trails Machado. We gave you three minutes. You gave us the world.

Do you remember Machado from the movies or TV?


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18 comments:

  1. Those newsbreaks and the accompanying commercials were so great.

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  2. He was seventy-eight? Robocop doesn't seem that long ago.

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  3. Bixby Snyder: I'd buy that for a dollar!

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  4. I'll always remember Robocop. Can't believe he was 78.

    Nutschell

    www.thewritingnut.com

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  5. I saw Robocop when I lived in NYC. It was the first movie in which I ever had to set my popcorn down. Now I'd consider that tame. lol

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  6. The melting man scene was the one that got me MPax and you're right. It would be PG now. LOL

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  7. They were! The satire was subtle, but pointed.

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  8. I still keep thinking the 80s were twenty years ago Alex.

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  9. Bwah! Ha-Ha! I hope he's in the remake!

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  10. It's a great movie Nutschell, and he lived a long life.

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  11. I don't remember him, but I only saw Robocop once.

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  12. Superb under-rated film, particularly for it's satire and humour. I remember the newsflashes although I'd never heard of Machado. Maurice how about some more features on actors, alive or dead, who play minor but memorable parts like this?

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  13. Also who was his co-anchor?

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  14. This movie has a surprisingly small body count but almost every kill is a WTF moment. My popcorn-down moment was ED209 shooting the guy out of the window but the melting scene was quite a shock too.

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  15. Yeah Gene, it's more shocking than gory today.

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  16. Thats a great idea Gene, but I'll have to figure out how to narrow it down.

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  17. He was so good at being the "generic newsman" that you never notice him.

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